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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 October, 2004, 08:24 GMT 09:24 UK
ECB confirms Collier as new chief
David Collier
David Collier has been confirmed as the new chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The 49-year-old replaces Tim Lamb, who stepped down at the end of last month after almost eight years in charge.

"I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to lead the ECB at such an exciting point in the game's history," he said.

Collier, who was chief executive of Nottinghamshire, was chosen from a short-list of eight candidates.

"I look forward to working with my colleagues to complete a full review and strategic plan for the game before the start of next season and to build upon the positive changes which the ECB has implemented during the past year.

"My only regret is in leaving Trent Bridge. I should like to thank the members, staff, players and supporters at Nottinghamshire for a wonderful five years and I know that the club will go from strength to strength next summer in [Championship] Division One," he added.

Collier, who also had spells with Essex, Gloucestershire and Leicestershire, faces a number of challenges over the next few months.

In November, the England team are set to undertake a controversial tour to Zimbabwe.

There is also the question of reforming the domestic game, with pressure on the ECB to reduce the number of county fixtures played each summer in an attempted to raise overall standards.

ECB chairman David Morgan said the search for a new chief executive had been "extensive and competitive."

He continued: "We were looking for someone with a strong business background coupled with a knowledge and love of cricket. David has both qualities.

"Not only has he successfully led Nottinghamshire CCC for the past five years, continuing to develop the ground into one of the most attractive cricket venues in the country, but he also has significant business experience both within and outside of cricket."

Morgan added: "The recruitment consultants received a huge number of CVs and they subsequently interviewed close to 40 candidates before drawing up a short-list of eight highly qualified people.

"I am delighted that David has accepted the role and I look forward to working with him as we continue to develop ECB and the game as a whole."

Collier's start date at Lord's has yet to be finalised.

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